Who Is The Conch In Lord Of The Flies

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William Golding's “Lord of the Flies,” tells the story of a group of English boys forsook on a tropical island. Golding's novel demonstrates the battle between good v.s evil, civilization v.s savagery and law v.s anarchy within human society. As time continues to pass the boys descend further and further down the path of savagery, ignoring societal norms and expectations. Throughout the book, the author places numerous symbols that reinforce aspects of civilization. Three of which being the conch’s representation of order and political power, Piggy's glasses representing intellect within society and the signal fire connecting the boys to civilization. In the “Lord of the Flies,” the conch is a shell that sounds a deep harsh note when blown…show more content…
The beast is a representation of the savagery and darkness that lies within the boys. At the beginning, the beast is portrayed as a mere figment of imagination created by “Them little ‘uns”. It is not until Samneric see the dead pilot and his parachute that they believe there truly is a beast. In a state of delirium from thirst and hunger, Simon sat in front of the beasts head as it spoke to him. “You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I'm the reason why its no go? Why things are what they are?” As Simon begins to faint the beast says, “We are going to have fun on this island!” The lord of the flies admits to Simon he is inside all the boys, he is the savagery and the evil that has a hold on them. “Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could kill!” The more wild and deviant the children act the stronger and more real the beast becomes. The beast is seen as a threat to all the boys except Simon, who understands that the beast resides in the boys. Their fear of the beast formed a connection between them until Jack manipulated their fear to create two different groups to maintain power. Savagery is a primal instinct that exists within all humans and isn't something that can be
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